Favorite Corner: Kitchen/Breakfast Nook/Area

The kitchen/breakfast nook is more than just a favorite corner in my kitchen.  It has many house-to-home elements to my liking. airy space with sunligh and bay window looking out into the backyard and sunroom; built-in window seat.  The table is one of two and the main table in my house since I gave up a dining room proper.  This area is the most used in my house.  I finally took the pendant that came with the light fixture out and replaced it with a wired basket. Now there is more light in my otherwise dim life.  I recently turned a thrift-store bought bookshelf into an open hutch to shelve all of my china teaware I have collected over the years.  This area gives off an eclectically vintage, cottage, country style with colorful and bright decor.  #favoritecorner

Books + Books

At the beginning of 2014, I went through a severe decluttering phase that helped in so many other areas of life. I revamped my wardrobe, nailed my personal style and color palette, and even began helping my girlfriends rid their closets of the unnecessary.

In 2015, I discovered that I’m really someone who likes to see my favorite things displayed in the home, so I don’t fit completely in the minimalist camp. I’d like to think I’m somewhere in the middle :)

One of the greatest joys for me is seeing books lovingly stacked in all areas of a home. I dream of having a dining room with a beautiful wall of bookshelves filled with colorful volumes of fiction, memoirs, and cookbooks.

I got rid of a lot of books in 2014. I don’t think I’ll go down that road again for awhile, lol. I think books add so much to a space.

Whether the genre is home + garden or inspirational, I’d love to hear your recommendations. Thanks so much!

Around the Table

The dining room in our home is, in truth, not used every day….we seem to find other places to gather and eat. It is still a lovely room to enjoy special occasions and to pull out the special things that have been handed down to us through the years!

The corner cabinets are from Crate and Barrel.

The sideboard was a junk store find that I gave a black dry brush paint treatment.

Our table started out as a plain pine farmtable…I was so tired of the orangy pine. I called my husband one afternoon and said …”do you care if I paint the table?” I painted it right there in the dining room:) 

The hutch from a small furniture store about an hour from my home

The bar a yard sale find last summer. 

One of my favorite things in the room is the fingerpainting above the door to the kitchen. My (now17) daughter painted it when she was 3 :)

Glad to be a part of the Block Party! #aroundthetable

Welcome to my home!

I’m so excited to have a place to share our wonderful home with you. My husband and I purchased our first house almost 2 years ago. We had been married a few months prior, and weren’t seriously looking to purchase. We drove by it and fell in love. After settling in, it still didn’t feel like “home”. Paint colors that didn’t fit our personalities & outdated ceramic tile flooring with grout that might’ve been cleaned a handful of times in its 15 years. Some updates we’ve done out of necessity and many others to put our own touch on things, but little by little we’re growing to love our home. I believe your home is a reflection of yourself and I’m working on only putting colors on the walls, accessories, etc. in our home that do just that. 

 Since yesterday I ripped up this flooring, we’ll start with the living/dining area. I can’t wait to show you what it looks like in the weeks *maybe months* to come!

 This photo shows what the dining and living area has generally looked like since we moved in. It’s an extremely awkward space. We put the tv above the fireplace, mostly because it felt like that’s where it was supposed to go but it didn’t allow for more than a single couch to view the tv. After 2 years of brainstorming I think I’ve found a solution! I’ll keep you posted! I loved the dark laminate when we moved in, then grew to hate the tile that was everywhere but the living room. Then, at some point we got 2 dogs that shed and bring in a lot of dirt which is why we’re replacing all of it with new lighter laminate. The ceiling is very high in the peak so I talked myself into liking the paint colors until I found the courage (and a solution) to painting it all. 

 We painted the walls and ceiling the same shade of white to avoid spending days on a ladder edging. The color is Dove White, in Valspar Reserve with a Satin finish. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you all our new flooring and living arrangement in a few days! Wish us luck!

Time for some #shelfies

A few people have mentioned how much they enjoy seeing what’s on other people’s shelves, so I thought I would share some shots of the things on the shelves in my living room.

The main theme on all the shelves in my living room is books. I love to read, and I’m not afraid to let people know it. Most of the books I display are vintage books that I got from my grandparent’s house.

I have one shelf where I have displayed all of my marsala (read red) toned books – I like to sort my books by color most of the time, it’s weird, I know. That shelf also houses my vintage cameras, my grandparent’s stereoscope with cards, and a “T” from the old Princeton Theatre marquee. Our theatre company recently sold off the old marquee letters as a fundraiser to help pay for some of the restoration work. I can’t wait to see it completed.

This shelf features an odd conglomeration of items. There is another marquee letter, this one an ampersand which I hope to eventually hang on a gallery wall along with my wedding photos. It also has a small letterpress tray, more vintage books, with a new one hiding in plain sight. In the vase made by local artisan Joe Smith, is the dried rose I carried in my sister Kayla’s wedding. Sitting next to it is an apothecary jar filled with spent .22 shells (my husband and I enjoy going out to target practice when the weather is nice and his isn’t farming)with a waxed rose my husband gave to me on top. Like I said, this shelf in an odd conglomeration of items.

The shelf containing some of my newer books also features some miniature raku monks, which were used to test glazes at the University’s pottery studio before it was closed.

The shelf that contains this hand crafted vase houses a few of my favorite books, “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova and “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern among others. I love how the taupe fox looks with it- I totally got that fox from the Christmas ornament section at Target last year. But even though it’s new, that fox has a special place in my heart. It reminds me of the taxidermy fox that still sits in my mom’s living room.  My grandpa trapped that fox one year on my mom’s birthday (also his). It was the last one he ever trapped.

Another shelf has all of my green books- and for some reason I only have one blue vintage book, along with a set of large cat nesting dolls that once belonged to Rita, a family friend, and the peacock fan that belonged to my grandmother.
So, I’d love to know, what stories do you shelves tell?

Kitchen Update

Our house was built in 1976, and when we bought it in 1993, it had never been updated AT ALL!  We spent Mother’s Day ripping out chocolate shag carpet and the next two weeks taking things down to the bones.  All that the budget would allow for the kitchen was new wallpaper and new flooring.  The cabinets were sound and the ceramic tile counters and backsplash were acceptable.  Fast forward to 2012 when a young guest at a shower I was giving declared my kitchen “retro”!  With the help of the folks at Lowe’s, we gutted the kitchen and three years later, I still love it..